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How to Spot a Great Estate Agent in Leeds

This two-minute read explains how to identify a great estate agent – one who’ll land you the best deal for your home. 

What separates a mediocre estate agent from an exceptional one? It’s not what they say; it’s what they do.

While some agents talk a big game, in reality they just go through the motions. But great agents (and we like to think that here at Silverspring sales we fall into that category) go all out to get the very best deal.

That’s because top agents know that now, more than ever, every extra pound added to a sale price matters to sellers (and can be put to good use to cover DIY or furniture in their new home).

So, how can sellers in Leeds spot a great agent from a run-of-the-mill one? Here’s what to look out for:

A comprehensive marketing plan – The great thing about the internet is you can see if an agent means business. Top agents use professional photography, floor plans, and sparkling copy to showcase properties and engage buyers. They also regularly update their website and post live feeds, video tours, and property sneak peeks on social media. Contrast this with the coasters who throw a few shabby images on a property portal and then wait for the phone to ring. Who do you think achieves the best result?

 

Negotiating skills – People often overlook the importance of negotiating skills in the selling process. But when you’re close to sealing a deal, a savvy negotiator can really make a difference on price. A great agent has soft skills – the ability to listen, read body language, and interpret the dynamic between couples – along with industry nous.

 

Has a rapport with buyers – To know if a buyer is serious and how much they are willing to spend, a great agent needs to be personable and have good communication skills.

 

Can explain their valuation – A top agent doesn’t just pull a figure out of the air; they do their homework. So, when a potential buyer pushes for a price drop, a great agent can justify their valuation and stand their ground.

 

Honest feedback – A great agent won’t just tell you what you want to hear but what you need to know. If your house needs decluttering, or you need to improve how you stage it, they’ll be straight with you.

 

Here at Silverspring sales, we’re serious about delivering for our clients. Get in touch to learn more about our successful selling track record.

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Six Ways to Celebrate National Gardening Week

Do something positive for you, your community, and the planet’s health by celebrating National Gardening Week. A two-minute read.

There’s nothing quite like a bit of digging, watering, or pruning to calm the nerves and soothe the soul.

Gardening is good for our mental and physical health, reducing the risk of depression, osteoporosis, and stroke and – added bonus alert – it’s great for the environment, too!

Along with making our surroundings look nicer, gardening cleans the air and soil, helps fight global warming, and supports wildlife.

That’s why it’s time to get behind the Royal Horticultural Society’s National Gardening Week, which kicks off next week (2 – 8 May). Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still participate.

Here are six ways to celebrate National Gardening Week in Leeds.

  • If you have little ones in your life (children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews), make flower crowns or daisy chains with them. While you’re busy making, chat to them about the wonders of nature.

  • Build a bug hotel in your garden using recycled natural materials such as terracotta pots, logs, twigs, and wooden pallets. Bug hotels attract insects such as bees (excellent for pollinating your plants), ladybirds, and woodlice. And if you’re lucky, the odd frog or hedgehog might check in, too.

  • If you don’t have any outdoor space, liven up your windowsill with a colourful flower box or plant some pots of herbs like oregano, chives, and mint (they’ll taste great in your cooking).

  • It’s not too late to get started on a veggie patch in your garden by planting tomatoes, beetroot, carrots, and courgettes. Add a few sweet peas, too – you can’t eat them, but they produce colourful flowers that are pollinator-friendly, so they will improve your crop yield.

  • Join a gardening club or wildlife society where you can learn more about the natural world and meet people with similar interests.

  • Put your name down for an allotment. Bag yourself a plot on an allotment and you’re bound to meet other greenfingers with whom you can swap gardening tips and produce.

We’d love to see what you’re growing at home. Take a snap and share it with us on social media at Silverspringsales. #NationalGardeningWeek

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Why Selling Your Leeds Home Should Be a Team Effort

 

Selling a home is not a solo project – well, not if you hope to achieve top selling price. 

If there’s one piece of property advice worth remembering, it’s this: be wary of anyone who tells you that selling a home is so easy that you should do it yourself.

Many things in life are easy, like singing a nursery rhyme out of key or eating a whole packet of chocolate biscuits/family-sized crisps in one afternoon.

But what’s not a doddle is achieving top asking price for a property (and if you’re going to the effort of selling your home, that’s what you want, right?).

It takes a team with expertise and experience across a range of areas to nail a great sale.

Not even the most ingenious multi-tasker has the skills to cover all the bases themselves.

Here’s a list of who should be on your home-selling team.

Estate agent – a good agent will be an expert on the local area and get the asking price just right. They should be a pro at viewings and negotiations and have a savvy social media strategy to generate interest in your property.

Photographer – All top agents use a professional photographer for marketing photos. Most viewers start their property search online and expect to see high-quality images (not shadowy snaps that make a property look like a crime scene).

Conveyancer/Solicitor – Once the sale is agreed, you’ll need a good solicitor or conveyancer to handle the paperwork. Shop around or ask for word-of-mouth recommendations to find the right professional, as a good conveyancer/solicitor can speed up the process.

Removal firm – On the day you complete, you’ll want the logistics to run smoothly – and for your treasured possessions to be handled with care. 

Proactive seller – Sellers are vital members of the team, too! A proactive seller rids their home of clutter, so that it shines in the marketing photos, and keeps the property tidy for viewings.

And a few special mentions

If you’re selling up to move to a new property, your team will also include a mortgage adviser to land you the best deal and a surveyor to inspect any property you’re considering buying. 

Here at Silverspring, we believe that selling a home is a team sport. Get in touch to find out more about our friendly, expert team.